Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gilbert Lloyd, 84, of Shell Knob, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at his home in Shell Knob.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1924, in Parkin, Ark., the son of Gilbert and Dora (Sullivan) Lloyd. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his service time, he participated in action against the Japanese on Iwo Jima and in Operation Japan.

On Feb. 21, 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart from the 5th Marine Division for injuries sustained during Iwo Jima. During the Korean Conflict, he was called into active duty to serve as a staff sergeant, working with the Frogmen. He moved to Shell Knob from the Kansas City area in February of 1986 after retiring from the Kansas Gas Service, where he was employed for 43 years.

He was a past president of the Shell Knob Lions Club, a member of the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and VFW Post #2203, a past board member of the Noah's Ark Preschool in Shell Knob, and member of the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob.

In 1996, he was recognized for all of his dedication and service to the community by receiving the Community Service Award from the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce.

He was united in marriage to Mary Beth Lintner in South Park, Mo., in June of 1948. She preceded him in death in January of 1991. In July of 1999 he was united in marriage to Judith Breiner. she survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Gilbert Charles "Chuck" Lloyd, and his wife, Brenda, of Shawnee, Kan., and Mark Sullivan Lloyd, and his wife, Louise, of Overland Park, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Jewell Eubanks, Lillian Kent, and Dolly McGlothlin.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday at the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob with Rev. Dr. Dean Wilson officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's Hospice in Berryville, Ark., the Boy Scouts of America or the Community United Methodist Church in his memory and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home, Cassville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.